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Climate Action Plan “Six Big Moves” Survey Available on City Website until March 16

A survey to generate feedback from Ames residents on actions they would be willing to take to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) as part of the City’s community climate action planning is now available on the City’s website. Participants are asked to take the survey one time to share their thoughts.

The survey is available at  and will remain available through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16. Paper copies of the survey will be available at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave. by the end of the week.... Read Full Blog

Applicants Sought for Police Advisory Board

Applications for the newly formed Ames Resident Police Advisory Committee (ARPAC) are being accepted through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25. Ames Mayor John Haila and the Ames City Council created ARPAC to provide a resident perspective to the Chief of Police regarding Ames Police Department policies and practices.

Some responsibilities for ARPAC members would include

providing a citizen perspective on the evaluations of complaints developing thoughtful recommendations regarding policies and practices of the Ames Police Department creating an annual report of activities ... Read Full Blog

Public Input Meetings Scheduled for Ioway Creek Brookside Park Project

The public is invited to a series of informational meetings scheduled for March 10, March 21, and April 5, about the proposed Ioway Creek Restoration Project in and along Brookside Park. All meetings will be held at Ames City Auditorium, at 520 Sixth St.

The purpose of the project is to restore stream function and stabilize the Ioway streambanks on a section of the creek between Sixth and 13th streets in Brookside Park and on adjoining private properties on the east side of the creek. The revised conceptual plan for the creek corridor will be presented and discussed at the meeting... Read Full Blog

Public Notice Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Notice is hereby given that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has under review application for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) air quality construction permits. The permit application was submitted by Iowa State University – Power Plant located at 220 Power Plant Bldg., Ames, Iowa 50011. The application is identified as Project 21-294.

In Project 21-294, Iowa State University (ISU) proposed to convert two coal fired boilers to burn natural gas. In the original application, ISU proposed to install Low-NOx natural gas burners with a maximum rating as 239 ... Read Full Blog

Financial Assistance Available to Ames Residents Affected by COVID-19

The City of Ames has funds available to support Ames residents who have been affected by COVID-19 (including the Delta variant) and need rent, mortgage, or utility assistance. 

“We continue to take applications from Ames residents, and we encourage people to apply for help,” said Vanessa Baker-Latimer, Housing Coordinator. “We know this has been a very difficult year for so many people, and we have financial aid available for those struggling with basics like paying for housing or utilities.”

More information, including an application, is available at www.CityOfAmes... Read Full Blog

Story County Residents Must Register to Receive Emergency Alerts

Story County has replaced its Story County Iowa Alert system with Alert Iowa, a new emergency notification system with enhanced features. With this switch, residents will have access to new functions and can create one user account for an entire family that includes multiple addresses and phone numbers. Participants may also opt-in to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

To access these features, you must register for a new account. “It’s very important that everyone register for the new system,” said Ames Fire Chief Rich Higgins. “Even if you had registered f... Read Full Blog